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LODD: Ind. medic suffers heart attack, dies

Paramedic Gerald “Garry” Hammer suffered a fatal heart attack after arriving home from a 12-hour overnight shift

Duty Death: Gerald Hammer - [LaGrange County, Indiana]

End of Service: 01/31/2014


LAGRANGE COUNTY, Ind. — A paramedic died Friday of an apparent heart attack minutes after arriving home from working a 12-hour overnight shift.

Legacy.com reported that medic Gerald “Garry” Hammer, 62, had made emergency responses during his tour of duty, including a 55-minute emergency transport.

Medic Hammer was a Critical Care Paramedic with LaGrange, Noble and DeKalb County EMS for 39 years, according to the report. He also worked as a deputy coroner. He was a SWAT medic, a primary instructor for EMS and served on the Task Force for Home Land Security serving with search-and-rescue dogs.

He leaves behind his wife, Pamela; daughters Jenny, Janae Dull, and Joni Humbarger; and sons Jeremy and Joshua.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Angola, Ind., with calling one hour prior. Visitation is also from 2 to 8 p.m. today 2014 at LaGrange Church of God, 777 N. Detroit St., LaGrange, Ind.

Memorials contributions can be sent to the Supporting Heroes, P.O. Box 991547, Louisville, KY 40269-1547.

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